Party Earth Review The only gay bar on the Westside – and the only venue on Abbot Kinney Boulevard open for daytime drinking – Roosterfish is a beachside dive with a stellar upbeat attitude. A rustic wood and brick décor punctuated by beer... ... read full review
1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Venice, Los Angeles –
The only gay bar on the Westside – and the only venue on Abbot Kinney Boulevard open for daytime drinking – Roosterfish is a beachside dive with a stellar upbeat attitude.
A rustic wood and brick décor punctuated by beer signs, cowboy paintings, and rotating exhibits of homoerotic art creates an atmosphere that’s welcoming, kitschy, and sexy all at once, a perfect match for the outgoing patrons who stop in day and night to hang out at the bar or play darts and video games in the back.
Weeknights see an influx of guys in beachwear making friendly wagers in the billiards room and after-work Venice locals chatting over drinks, while weekends draw bigger and more eclectic crowds ranging from the Muscle Beach set and dapper older guys to groups of girls in the mood to enjoy the bar’s retro disco hits and flirty party vibe.
Those who can’t live without a Sunday barbecue will want to show up in the early afternoon to grab a seat on the sunny patio, where the chef grills hamburgers and hot dogs until evening.
The bar’s relaxed and open attitude – not to mention its vibrant, welcoming, and fun-loving clientele, helps Roosterfish live up to its inclusive slogan: “We’re a neighborhood gay bar, but Los Angeles is a very big neighborhood.”
Well-dressed, talkative, and upbeat locals, mostly gay with a good straight contingent, 20s to 50s.
Jukebox features disco and pop. Live 80s cover band the third Saturday of every month. DJ spins disco the second Sunday of every month. Billiards table, darts, Ms. Pac-Man, and a countertop touch-screen video game. Rotating exhibits of homoerotic art by local artists.
Annual Zombie Prom costume party the week before Halloween. The bar participates in the First Fridays on Abbot Kinney festival the first Friday of every month.
Barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs on back patio Su 1–6pm. Happy Hour M–F 5–7pm. Margarita specials all day/night W, Cape Cod special Su 2–6pm. Cash only.
Hamburgers and hot dogs $3+. Beer $4.50+, mixed drinks $5+.
Casual: sandals, shorts, jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, baseball caps, cowboy hats.
Any weeknight for mellow after-work drinks, Friday and Saturday nights for a bigger and livelier crowd, and Sunday afternoons for barbecues on the patio.
Wabi-Sabi (1637 Abbot Kinney Boulevard) offers excellent sushi.